Characteristics of the Hero vs. the Anti-Hero

A post from a discussion group on Google + posted a list of characteristics of the Hero and the characteristics of the Anti-Hero. For those new to writing, this is a terrific guide to character development. Bare in mind however, as in life not everything fits into neat categories. We humans are varied if nothing else.

If you want to spice up your characters for your story, blur the lines a bit. Your hero has a dark side, equally as well, your Anti-Hero has some good characteristics. By weaving these into you characters, it gives them more depth, they become more interesting and your audience will connect in a deeper, more meaningful way.

This is a good guide, just remember to your characters are not one-dimensional. To make them more fascinating, blur the lines a bit.

Until next time,

Happy Writing.



Massive Writer’s Reference List

I found this post from Tumblr group that I follow. It is a massive writer’s reference list. In it you will find a ton of assistance in most every aspect of writing. As a newbie, I couldn’t believe what this consisted of. Need help understanding plot development or subplot, just click on the topic, and it will take you to a blog or website about the topic.

This is just an impressive list, from plot development, world building, to characters; this list goes on and on. So when you find yourself stumped or stuck on an aspect of writing, gives this a look. Let me know what you think. How would you use a reference list, or would you even use or need one? Let me know.

Until next time,


A Writing Tool

I am a member of a writing group on Google+ (Writer’s Discussion Group) which is a terrific community to read and learn from others who are writing and publishing. A member of that group posted a website that offers a tool to help authors write better. The site is called Paper Rater The site states that, “it is developed and maintained by linguistics professional and graduate students. It is used by schools and universities in over 46 countries to help students improve their writing.”

The best thing about the site is that it’s free and it’s not just for college students who want to write better term and research papers. It’s also for anyone who is writing and wants to improve their writing, which is what we all want to do. To use it, paste a piece of your writing into the site and it will analyze your writing.

Are there any tools you use to help you in your writing?

Until Next Time,


The Write Way: RJ Blain on Critique Groupies and Paid Editors

We all at some point will be editing our stories and novels; it will be helpful to have some tips and advice from someone who does it for a living.

Over at The Write Way blog by Mary Cain, RJ Blain, an author and editor, posted just such stuff.

Give it a read next time you’re ready to edit your work.

Thanks Mary.

Until next time.


The Write Way: RJ Blain on Critique Groupies and Paid Editors.

How to Write the Short Story

Author James Scott Bell posted on his blog “How To Write A short Story In the post he explains what constitutes a short story, breaks down how to write one and gives plenty of examples. This is also a timely article as the short story is making a comeback, especially with the resurgence of digital publishing.

Until next time,